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I love the rat
this is like the queen bee of buzzy distortion toys... it does a little of everything and it does it well. Sounds great through an AC30 too, which is a tough amp for most dirt boxes. Everyone should own a rat or something absed on the rat. I have this in a box of junk. It went in there when I had a long period where I didn't use many effects in line and now tis been replaced by the TC Nova Drive that ahs a rat in it. But I'll probably never get rid of the proco, I've had it forever. Everyone should buy one.
It gives you all you need
this pedal gives you the fuzz of Dave Gilmour, the hard grunge of Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl, as well as the 80's distortion of Nuno Bettencourt. Easy to dial in tones, and there are so many. Mine has been stomped hard and still no problems 20 years later.
The Rat, whiteface, from Proco. Arguably the best distortion ever created.
I may be biased, but I have never needed to buy, or do research for that matter, for any distortion or overdrive, fuzz, etc. You can literally get any sound you need from a Rat. What I love about this pedal is using it along with the volume knob, at really low volumes it has a whole different character. As you turn it up, the character changes and becomes something more, but just as intriguing. I have had mine since 1987, I bought it from a friend for $40. I have never played any other distortion in my signal path and I played top 40, metal, rock, blues, funk, 80's, 90's etc, using this pedal for all kinds of effects. The filter knob, this is the key, when you play a room and the reverb is drowning you out, just turn this know until the frequency cuts through the hoopla, I cannot convey how great it is to have that ability and fix it in 5 seconds with no soundman debates, or having to turn your rig up and then you look like an a**hole. If you don't have a Proco Rat, a Whiteface, vintage or reissue, my preference, then stop reading and go get one if you want to have any integrity as a guitarist. If you kick this pedal on, and there are any guitarists in the audience, oh they will come to see what is making you sound like a beast! believe me, it will happen as it has to me countless times. Good luck in acquiring one!
Does one job well
The Rat is one of those items that has been around for a long time. Many use it as a drive pedal but I prefer to use it slightly differently. For me it lives in front of the amp, with little to no drive. This just adds some hair and pushes the preamp tubes a little. I find it too fizzy as a drive pedal but as a dirty boost it's great.
Really good memories. :)
I loved it when I've played it 12 years ago with my high school metal band but then it got broken in 2003 and I switched to Metal Zone. A tech fixed it for me this year, so after 13 years of gathering dust in my old room it's been resurrected and ready to rock.